A POPULAR County Durham pub has announced its closure – and people have taken to Facebook to say just how sad they are at the news.

The Huntsman in Woodham, near Newton Aycliffe, confirmed it was shutting “with immediate effect” with a post on Facebook last night.

The managers of the pub-restaurant, on St Elizabeth’s Way, wrote: “Hi everyone, “Unfortunately, we have taken the difficult decision to close The Huntsman with immediate effect.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and staff for their support over the last 3.5 years.”

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More than 300 people have reacted to the news on the pub’s Facebook page – to say they are disappointed that time has been called on the watering hole but wish the team good luck in the future.

Here is just a flavour of what they’re saying.

Lyn Archer said: “I think we, The Archers, might have been the last people in on New Year’s Eve as we were the only ones there that night .

“Compared to previous New Years there which were heaving. So sad and sorry to hear this.”

David Bulman said: “This is such sad news. We’ve enjoyed having such a good pub on our doorstep.”

Carl Bell wrote: “No way best parmo on town, tell the chef he must start his own business on town he'll make a fortune!! Sad to see close!”

Alison Denton said: “So sorry to hear, you’ve worked your socks off to make it a success. All the best for your future for whatever you do, Good luck.”

The Northern Echo:

Deborah Poole wrote: “What??? We couldn’t be more devastated! Your pub was awesome! Just what the area needed. Our condolences and best wishes for the future xxxx”

Peter Boddy added: “So sorry to hear this. Staff have always been amazing. Sad news!”

Staff member, Emily Potter, wrote: “Good luck to all of my work family, we made some amazing memories.”

The Northern Echo has approached The Huntsman for comment.


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